Gallery show in downtown Aurora remembers Pratt tragedy one year later

The Aurora Historical Society is commemorating the anniversary of the shooting at the Henry Pratt Company in 2019 with an exhibit, “February 15:  One Year Later” at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. in downtown Aurora.

Featured in the exhibit are the five crosses created by Auroran Greg Zanis for those who died at the hands of a gunman that day.  They are Russell Beyer, Josh Pinkard, Vicente Juarez, Trevor Wehner and Clayton Parks.  Also in the exhibit are memorabilia left at the factory gates by well-wishers, and a selection of the hundreds of cards, letters and posters sent from all over the country to the Aurora Police Department.

“When you take these all together, you have a portrait not just of a workplace tragedy and shattered families, but also of a city full of people who came together to offer support and sympathy, to teach their children to appreciate their protectors, and to regard each other in a new light of understanding and solidarity,” said John Jaros, executive director of the historical society.

On Saturday, February 15, the anniversary day of the shooting, the historical society will hold a small ceremony of remembrance at 1 p.m., concluding with a moment of silence at 1:24 p.m., the time that the first call of a shooting came in to police.  The event is free and open to the public.  The exhibit will be open from noon to 4 p.m..

The memorial will remain up through February 29.   Hours are Wednesdays-Saturdays, Noon-4 p.m.  The Art and History Center is located at 20 E. Downer Pl. 

More information is available at www.aurorahistory.net or on Facebook at aurorahistory.

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